08-07-2010 | Americas

Haiti - Disaster Preparedness - 6 Month Anniversary


International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Country: Haiti

No. 199700 Date: 07/2010 Type: b-roll TOTAL TIME: 10'32"

Haiti Earthquake: 6 months anniversary


The hurricane season - predicted to be more active than usual - poses a new and potentially deadly challenge to communities already extraordinarily vulnerable. If hurricanes, tropical storms or floods hit the country, it could easily trigger a new humanitarian crisis. People living in emergency shelter in camps or on the site of their former houses are particularly vulnerable, not just to the severe impact of a hurricane but also to storms which can cause flash flooding and landslides. They face losing their homes for a second time, as well as being exposed to dangers such as communicable diseases spread by unclean water.

The IFRC is preparing for a possible disaster in both quake and non quake affected areas - prepositioning relief items (tarps, tents, shelter tool kits, hygiene kits, kitchen sets, mosquito nets) in 10 higher risk regions for 25,000 families (125,000 people).


00:00   Title Card
 00:10  Destroyed presidential palace (symbol of country) and Haiti flag amidst the ruins of presidential palace
 00:22  General destruction shots in Port au Prince
 00:42  Makeshift settlements on mountainside in PAP
 01:00  Set up of L'Annexe de La Mairie, Cite Soleil, Port au Prince camp
 01:25  Winds blowing across Finnish Red Cross clinic at La Piste clinic
 01:38  Set up of Dr Manoucheka Vieux Finnish RC clinic and girl coughing
 01:52 Interview with Dr Manoucheka Vieux in French
I think the situation is going to get worse with the rainy season because the tents are not going to offer enough protection. There will be lots of mud and the babies and children won't know how to keep clean. I think it is going to be really bad. We are going to see lots of ill people.
 02:16  Trucks and tarpaulin delivery at Barbancourt warehouse PAP with set up of Zoran Curkovski, shelter delegate.
  02:56 Interview with Zoran Curkovski, shelter delegate in English.
We have donors around the world and part of them are coming to the portside by vessels by ship and some of them are coming also by trucks. It is very difficult to put one position in the world. They are coming from Europe, Asia, Middle East, all of the parts of the world.
 03:15  Shots inside warehouse Destruction and street shots Leogane
 03:30  Destruction and street shots Leogane
 03:56  Building transitional shelters in Leogane with set up of Patrick Robitaille Canada Red Cross shelter delegate with construction workers
 04:18 Interview of Patrick Robitaille Canada Red Cross shelter delegate. In French.
Our shelters can withstand category 4 hurricanes, that is winds of 250 kilometres an hour. We have very solid wooden structures, which have hurricane resistant straps and a compact roof that is near to the structure and treated wood resistant to termites or pasture.
 04:42  Completed structure and interior shots of roof, walls, and hurricane resistant straps.
 05:10  L'Annexe de la Mairie camp in Port au Prince and bulldozer shots
 06:23  Pascal Panseotti, IFRC shelter delegate marking out the plot for first 8 transitional shelters in PAP and talking to carpenters.
 06:34 Interview Pascal Panseotti in French

 06:47 Disaster preparedness team walking in camp and meeting camp committee
 07:17 Interview Marie Chantal Pitaud national coordinator disaster preparedness in French.
During the hurricane season we are going to help them better protect themselves. That is why we are building transitional shelters to replace their makeshift homes and give them advice on the steps to take to prepare for a natural disaster.
 07:40 Interview Jean Jerome Dilhomme head of camp committee in Creole.
For the hurricane season our concerns are to find a safe shelter because we are in a very precarious situation and we live on an area that is prone to flooding. And we would like the area to be better managed so it is a space where we can live.
 08:14  Set up of Jose Antonio Borilla with the camp committee.
 08:23 Interview Jose Antonio Borilla director of RC centre of reference of community based disaster manager. In Spanish
We have a project which is called run to your neighbor in which you let your friend or neighbor know what to do during a disaster and this includes tips on how to give first aid in an emergency. 
 08:41 Haitian Red Cross posters with the words prevention is better than cure and about what to do when a hurricane hits in Creole with the message "run to your neighbor". 
 09:08 Beneficiary communications team at RC base camp sending disaster preparedness message asking in Creole whether recipient wants information. RC Communications team is connecting to all the cell phones in the region and messages sent to those phones. Message being received and looked at by a Haitian. Haitian man texts a reply and the map shows the number of people on the SMS network.
 09:45   Set up of Chris Brewer, British Red Cross sanitation manager building flood resistant toilets in La Piste camp and constructed flood resistant toilets
10:05 Interview Chris Brewer in English
To prevent flooding we are keeping the drainage channels clear and we try to collect all the solid waste materials because obviously when it rains a lot of the solid waste will get washed into the channels.
Communities cleaning drainage channels in La Piste as part of storm mitigation efforts.
 10:18 Communities cleaning drainage channels in La Piste as part of storm mitigation efforts

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